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Facing the populist challenge – workshop in Berlin

As part of our ongoing work on populism, we are delighted to run an interactive workshop in Berlin on populism and European democracy with Democratic Europe Now. The workshop will take place from 17.30-19.00 on November 11 at Agora, Mittelweg 50, Berlin.

In recent years, populist parties have become a solidifying presence on Europe’s political scene. Despite claims that populism is just a ‘flash in the pan’ and will disintegrate before long, populist parties have continued to prosper and in some countries have achieved a remarkable level of political influence. In last May’s European Parliament elections, populist parties topped the polls in the UK, France and Denmark, and performed well in a number of other EU member states.

In the aftermath of these results, our workshop offers an opportunity to explore why this has happened and what should be done in response. What are the roots of the emergence and continuing success of populist parties? Does populism pose a threat to a democratic Europe? And how might populist parties affect future EU efforts to engage in treaty revision?

The workshop will include fresh analysis of data on support for populist parties and attitudes to democracy in Europe, taken from the latest European Social Survey, together with group exercises and discussions. It will be facilitated by Marley Morris, Senior Researcher at Counterpoint, and Anchal Lochan from Democratic Europe Now.

RSVP to Marley Morris at marley.morris@counterpoint.uk.com to confirm your place. Spaces are limited so please book as soon as you can.

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